JCP&L Tree-Trimming Hopes to Reduce Outages in Morris County

Work continues on $24 million vegetation maintenance program.

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is continuing work on a $24 million vegetation maintenance program aimed at improving service reliability and decreasing outages, with tree-trimming scheduled to continue in parts of Morris County this month.

The company announced that the work will continue along 300 miles of the state in February, including in Chatham, Montville, Lincoln Park, Flanders, Chester, Mendham, Morristown, Riverdale, Oak Ridge, Pompton Plains, Dover, Randolph, Rockaway, Succasunna and Kenvil. In January of this year, work commenced on 410 miles, including Parsippany and parts of Dover as well as southern areas of the state.

"The vegetation management program is an important component of our annual investment in infrastructure to deliver reliable service to customers," JCP&L President Don Lynch said. "The severe weather events that our region has experienced over the past few years have heightened everyone's awareness about how trees impact electric infrastructure and the potential dangerous conditions that can result when trees and power lines touch."

Certified forestry contractors are doing the work as part of the program. Additionally, JCP&L regularly trims trees and completes a full vegetation maintainence check on areas along distribution lines every four years. Diseased trees or those that could be dangerous near power lines are removed.

JRW February 21, 2013 at 05:13 PM
JCP&L has been cutting trees in our neighborhood for years and it hasn't helped at all. The company they contracted has no clue what they are doing, just a bunch of guys with chainsaws. If you ask a real tree service they'll tell you they make the trees more dangerous by thinning them out too much which makes the tree grow too tall too fast as well as out of balance. Also, they are not capable of identifying the weak/diseased trees to remove, they tend to cut up the healthier trees that grow at a faster rate. The real problem is JCP&L doesn't have enough crews to maintain/repair their lines so they are trying to remove as many trees as possible.
Oldtimer February 22, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Yup. These morons insisted my 4 foot high raspberry bushes were a threat to the high tension lines. They come in and want to clear cut anything in their right of way and then leave the mess lay there. Takes a lot of phone calls, but finally an intelligent person can be found at the tree company who will come out and take a look. Vegetation is just hammered and smashed and left to lay. Funny, the same company does this work in PA too, but the equipment they get paid to use there leaves a very nice looking mulch in it's place. But of course, we have come to expect 2nd Best (or worse) from JCP&L, a FirstEnema Company.
D Ambriano February 25, 2013 at 08:32 PM
They're more than willing to clear cut the same line on my property over and over again, while the overgrown lines on the street remain woefully untended. Whenever I argue with them about this (every year or so), I'm told "we're being paid to maintain this line, not that one." My experience with the disaster left behind is very much like yours, Oldtimer--except last time they cut down the trees and killed those they overtrimmed, they left giant stacks of wood, branches, and debris all over my yard. They claim this is "haying down" and that the leave-behinds will decompose naturally. Right...in 2087.
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